Sunday, July 24, 2005

Go Southwest Pink Sub

Once upon a time there was a beautiful pink princess. She was a most special girl, and touched the lives of everyone she met. She always had a smile for those around her, and lived within her heart. She shared her love for others easily. Her life had not always been happy, and she had endured so many others have as well. She did not let this stop her, however, and each day she continued to be herself. She became more and more comfortable with herself, and one day was ready to undertake a most important quest. She would have to rely on herself, though she knew her many friends would always be with her. Though she was uncertain and even a little bit frightened, she set out on her journey. Placing one foot in front of the other, she began. Her journey was to be a wonderful adventure, but it is a tale that must be told over time. A good story always takes time.

Good luck my beautiful girl. My Grace. We love you and are with you. Always.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

We ALL have pain...

Most of us carry a deep-seated, private pain around inside. There is something that is so close and personal that we dare not share it with others. Occasionally, we meet that rare someone who is so much a part of us, that we can share that deepest pain with them freely. With them, we can rip open our souls and lay them bare before another. This is love in its purest form. It is not always found coupled with romantic love, as the two are somewhat mutually exclusive.

We need not fear this pain, as it is a part of us. Without darkness, we cannot truly appreciate the light. We can learn to drawn hope and strength from the presence of the pain. For we know that there is at least one person out there with whom we can share it... finally be purely ourselves. If we remember that fact, and focus on it when the pain seems too much, we are reminded to continue searching. To find those special few...for there may always be one more. The search is its own reward. It is an adventure. And along the path, we may find something...or someone...priceless along the way.

And so, for the first lesson in a long time, I offer this: Be glad that you have pain. For it causes growth, and strength, and hope. Don't seek out pain, as enough will come to you naturally. It is the way of the Universe. Take your pain and use it to keep searching for a person with whom to release it. Then begin again.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Let's get published, shall we?

I am feeling an overwhelming urge to blog today, though I freely admit I have no clue what to put down in words. AH! Perhaps my good news, though nothing is in concrete yet. I've been asked by a professor in the African American Studies department to write a chapter for his new diversity textbook. It's titled "In Your Face Etiquette 101: How to Avoid Enraging Underrepresented Groups" and is going to be written in a personal, conversational tone. Since I've spoken to his Intro class a few times, he thought of me when it came time to write a Big Gay Chapter. I'm really excited about the opportunity! I'm playing tag with the professor in question, as he's bouncing between Laramie and Arizona while he cares for his mother. As soon as I can touch base with him though, I'm going to sign on!

I also spoke with Romaine recently. Her new book is finished, and will be released in October. She tells me there is a chapter simply titled "Jim." Here's hoping she writes good things about me... ;)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Today just pisses me off

Well, you know you must be doing something right when you piss off the Vatican.

And Bush is seeking advice from an old friend of the GLBT community (sorry if the sarcasm stains...try club soda to get that out) on the Supreme Court vacancies

A friend of mine is going through hell with family now. Though I don't think he reads the blog, I'm sending out happy vibes for him. He needs them. Love you S.

Nerdygirl has been put through the ringer, with a job falling through and a stolen wallet. Thankfully, the finances should be coped with and she has a new job. Wootwoot!

I learned last night that my newly-found, happy and secure Hope supplier has decided to retire. Thankfully, I shouldn't be dry for a month or so. Time to get greedy and ration-y. *sigh*

W is still in office. What more reason do you need?

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Post 126 - Another piece of art (?)

You may have noticed the nifty thumbnail sized pictures here on my blog. One of them is an AP photo taken from when I was an angel at the trials of Matthew Shepard's murderers. Well, I went back to my digital art program and worked up this little gem. It's intentionally rougher than some of the others. I didn't want any one face to overpower...and faces are TOUGH without much more precise editing programs. Since this is just a time-killing hobby, I don't plan to get beefier software. So I hope you enjoy a digital oil rendering of "Angel Action," circa 1999.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I have a fan!

Apparently Snakehead commands more artwork. So here's another little bit I did. It's from San Diego, and is the oldest school in the California. While it's not another hot guy, I am rather proud of it. I had to do a lot of detail work to finish it, so I hope you enjoy!